When the founder of Elf Sanctuary, Mica Hartley, moved to her current property, she had no intention of owning any farm animals. She fell in love with the property itself, a homestead built in the 1880s, on 40 acres, intersecting a tributary of California Creek.
Larissa and Jonathan Ullberg moved to their current farm with big dreams. They wanted property and enough space for their kids to play, to grow their own food, and to be able to raise horses too. However, making their dreams a reality was initially very daunting and overwhelming before they reached out to Whatcom CD for help.
Briana and Joe Peck have lived in Whatcom county for 14 years and in the Salish Breeze neighborhood since 2015. They love their wild neighbors, like herons, gulls, eagles and harbor seals. They also do their part to protect those neighbors by reporting pollution and cleaning up trash along beaches and roadways as Watershed Watchers.
Deb and Dave Hiller fell in love over beach trash. To some, this might not sound romantic, but when you’re passionate about the place you live and find shared values in protecting that place, it makes for a great love story.
Q: How long have you lived in Whatcom County?
A: Derek and I are born and raised in Whatcom county. We purchased this property in November 2019.
We enjoy the outdoors and appreciate having the ocean and mountains so close by.
Q: What types of animals are you raising?
A: We have 3 horses and some chickens, currently.
Q: What brought you to Whatcom County?
Are you wondering what it’s like to work with Whatcom CD?
Read on to learn about Lydia and Jared Strand and their farm planning experience!
Q: How long have you lived here in Whatcom County? And on this property?
A: We have lived in Whatcom County and on this property for just over two years.
Roger Edmonds has been an active member of the Whatcom County equine community for many years, serving as a founding board member of the Friends of Sunset Farm Park, member of the Whatcom County draft horse drill team, and current vice president of the Whatcom County Backcountry Horsemen. It has been really great working with Roger to put on workshops as part of our Farm Speaker Series. He has also taken advantage of the Conservation District planning services and poultry processing equipment rental, and now with our landowner spotlight program.